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    Dr. "Iron" Mike Marshall - 1974 NL Cy Young award winner with the Dodgers

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    premium1981 asks:
    How do you feel your career would of changed if you had played in today's
    game? Do you feel like you would have done better, worse, or about the same?

    Dear Sir,

    If I knew what I know now, then I have no doubt that I would have
    done far better. However, if I had the same game now as I did then, I
    believe that I would have done about the same.

    My game was deception. I threw fastballs, sinkers and screwballs
    with ten mile per hour difference in velocity that moved to the pitching
    arm side of home plate.

    Therefore, I had success against glove arm side pull hitters.
    Therefore, I pitched as though I were a left-handed pitcher. However,
    because I was right-handed and threw a quality slider, I did well
    against the other three types of baseball batters.



    mrmopar asks:
    1. You are one of the most difficult living autographs in MLB today, yet
    you are quite approachable through your website, even taking time to
    personally answer questions. What lead you to create this personal policy of not signing autographs for the fans?

    2. How did you come to sign a very limited number of cards for Upper
    Deck's? Sweet Spot card series, your only certified autograph issued to date, to my knowledge (many of which have faded terribly, FYI)?

    3. Will we possibly ever see a change to the no autograph policy either
    for a fee or free?

    4. Do you believe your record of 106 games will be matched or eclipsed
    in your lifetime?

    Dear Sir,

    1. I have no interest in being part of the memorabilia industry.
    However, because I earned a doctoral degree in Exercise Physiology with
    specialties in Kinesiology and Motor Skill Acquisition, I greatly enjoy
    helping those that want advice on baseball pitching.

    Nevertheless, to accommodate autograph seekers, I made a deal with
    Bill Corcoran (813)972-8175, a local memorabilia guy, for him to respond
    to autograph requests.

    2. The deal with Upper Deck was my first attempt to meet the needs of
    autograph seekers. I do not understand what makes a certified autograph
    versus what is not certified, but, if autograph seekers get my autograph
    from Bill Corcoran, it is my autograph.

    3. When Bill receives sufficient numbers of autograph requests, he
    brings them to me and I sign them. Over the past five years, I have
    signed about seven hundred and fifty autographs.

    4. Were I to train professional baseball pitchers, they would not only
    be able to pitch in more than 106 games, but they would also be able to
    start more than forty games a year and never suffer pitching arm
    injuries.



    chieftazmisty asks:
    Who was the hardest batter to get out in your opinion when closing a
    game?

    I suppose that you want a specific name. Although, when I absolutely had to get him out, I did, Joe Morgan was a very difficult batter to
    keep off base.



    metrotheme asks:
    1. Do you have anymore pitchers that are in the minor leagues and how
    have pitching coaches responded to them?

    2. Is it true that you are shutting down operations?

    1. Over the ten years that I have coached baseball pitchers for a minimum of 280 consecutive days, I would estimate that a dozen should
    have become quality major league baseball pitchers. However, the
    ignorance and mean-spiritedness of 'traditional' baseball pitchers
    refused to allow them to succeed.

    At present, I have a couple of guys pitching college baseball for my
    former assistant baseball coach from when I coached at Henderson State
    University. Both pitchers have the skills required to succeed at the
    highest level.

    2. Actually, last year, I stopped accepting new students. In a few
    days, I will be 67 years old. My wife and I want to spend more time
    doing what we want to do.



    Fatboycards asks:
    What pitcher into today's game would be most comparable to you?

    I don't believe that any of today's relief pitchers can pitch 179 and 208 closing innings in successive years.


    Loyalty32 asks:
    Mr. Marshall,

    Thank you for taking the time to field some questions from members of
    The Bench!

    Since you played in Montreal for 4 seasons, could you please explain some of the differences in the way you and other players were covered by the media here in the states?

    I did not notice any differences. However, in retrospect, I suppose that there were fewer media people.


    entersandman asks:
    First off thanks for taking the time to answer questions.

    Which team did you enjoy playing for the most and why?

    I enjoyed my time in Montreal and Minnesota the most. Why? Because Gene Mauch was the manager. While I also enjoyed Walter Alston and Los Angeles, I did not enjoy living in Los Angeles as much as living in
    Montreal and Minnesota.



    criollos asks:
    Do you think that, in general, is it good or bad for baseball and for the pitchers themselves the way their pitch count and the days in between
    appearances are being monitored by their teams?

    Because the 'traditional' baseball pitching motion is inherently
    injurious, I understand why teams have that pitch counts and extra days
    rest. However, as pitching injuries continue to increase, it is apparent
    that their solution does not work.



    johnmulemiles asks:
    If you could play for any MLB team today, which one would it be?

    I love day games, so the Chicago Cubs.


    hpubb asks:

    You came into the 5th game in the 6th inning of the 1974 World Series,
    and mowed down the top part of the A's order. Three up and three down.

    When the A's came to bat in the 7th, Joe Rudi was leading off. As I
    recall you threw very few, if any warm up pitches before that inning. It
    was like you were daring him to hit your inside heater. It's been 35
    years since I saw that game, but I believe that's what you threw him,
    and he hit it out for a solo home run to give the A's the lead, and what
    turned out to be the game winner, and the end of the Series. It was the
    only mistake I saw you make the whole season.

    What was going through your mind when Rudi walked up to the plate, and
    if you had the chance to go back in time and do it over again, what
    would you throw him?

    Joe Rudi was what I call, a pitching arm side spray hitter. That
    means that he could my glove arm side pitch (slider) to the opposite
    field and had done so in a preceding game.

    Therefore, after the preceding game, I decided that I needed to
    speed up his bat with a fastball that moved inside off the plate, which
    I did.

    However, I later learned that because I did not throw extra warm-up
    pitches after a delay due to a problem in left field, he decided that I
    was going to throw an inside fastball. Actually, the delay in left field
    had nothing to do with my pitch selection.

    In any case, he looked for a fastball inside, I threw a fastball
    inside off the plate. He opened his stance and hit it out of the ball
    park. In the five games that I closed in that World Series, that was the
    only run I gave up. Because, when I entered the sixth inning of the
    game, the scored was tied and we did not score any runs in our three
    innings thereafter, we lost.



    Are you or were you ever a baseball card collector?

    I have never collected baseball cards.

    Do you collect or have any memorabilia from your playing days?

    I do not have any memorabilia from my playing days.

    What was it like when you saw yourself on a baseball card for the
    first time?

    When I saw my first baseball card, I thought that it signified that I was a major league baseball player.

    When did you know that being a professional baseball player would be
    your career path?

    When the Philadelphia Phillies offered me twenty thousand dollars to sign with them. With that money, I could pay my way through college.

    Did you play other sports in High School or College?

    I played high school football, basketball and baseball. However, because I signed a professional contract before I started college, I
    never played any college sports.


    If not a pro baseball player, what would you have been and why?

    I am what I would have been. I earned my doctoral degree in Exercise Physiology and am a University Professor.

    What is your most memorable or best pro baseball moment?

    I enjoyed every moment that I stood on a pitching mound.

    What was the one pitch you would like to have back? (least memorable
    moment)

    Because I kept track of every pitch I threw in major league games and carefully analyzed that data. I have no regret about any pitch that I threw.

    Was there any significance to your jersey number?

    When I joined the Detroit Tigers, they gave me the number of the guy I replaced.

    If you could play any other position besides pitcher, what would it be and why?

    I played shortstop for my first four years of professional baseball. Had I not had a bad back from a car accident I was in when I was eleven years old, I would have been a major league shortstop.

    Was there a batter who you had "his number" so to speak?

    I believed that when I had to get any batter out, I could.

    How fast was your fastball?

    When I pitched, they did not show fastball velocities on the
    scoreboard. Therefore, I have no source from which to tell you how fast
    I threw.


    What was your favorite baseball stadium to play in and why?

    I have no favorite baseball stadium. I liked pitching in all major
    league baseball parks.


    Did you have any pre or during game superstitions or rituals?

    Before every game, I studied my individual batter sheets that showed every pitch I had thrown to each batter. Then, I decided what pitch
    sequence I would use against each of them in that game.

    Thanks for the questions. This was fun.

    Dr. Mike Marshall




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    #2
    It's a good interview. He surely doesn't lack any confidence.

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    Quote Originally Posted by anglinomics View Post
    It's a good interview. He surely doesn't lack any confidence.
    I got that feeling also. It appears he has a distane for the auto seekers, but has seemed to find a way to accommodate them (I'm sure The Bench will load him up now).

    All in all, very insightful, I enjoyed reading i

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    Once again, thanks Tim for getting this set up, and a huge thanks to Dr. Marshall. This was a very enjoyable read!

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    that was a nice read!
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    Thank you for setting this up, and thanks to Dr. Marshall for the interview. It was very fun to read.
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    Hey Tal
    First off thanks for setting up this interview. Second I would like to thank Dr Marshall for taking the time to answer all the questions that were asked by the Bench members. I have to agree with Anglinomics that Iron Mike is loaded with confidence.
    Thanks again Tal for doing this.interview sessions. They are really great and you are a great credit to the Bench
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    #8
    It seems that if there were an imaginitive owner of one of the independent league teams, they would have benefitted hugely from bringing Dr. Marshall in to "re-train" some of their pitchers and actually make an effort to test out his methods in a consistent competitive setting. They would've had little to lose since their pitchers aren't really major league material anyway, but it would have been very eye-opening if his methods were able to turn some A-Level pitchers in to at least pitchers who could compete on the affiliated AAA-level teams, if not on the major league level.

    But then, the team would also have to have a coaching staff that was open to Dr. Marshall's methods, and not just plow over his work with traditional coaching.

    Great interview. One of these days, it would be great to have a follow up interview with one of these subjects, so some of their answers could be fleshed out a bit more (an actual back-and-forth, rather than just a questionnaire).
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    intresting interview, didn't know he played for the Tigers though, so anyone find out how much it costs to get an auto through that guy yet? my scn membership expired 2 minutes ago lol
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    Great interview! Thanks for all of your continued hard work Tal!

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    Enjoyable read. Mr. Marshall definitely calls them how he sees them!
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    One of my favorite interviews! I like the fact that Dr. Marshall answers the questions as he sees fit and does not give the "traditional" dime a dozen type response.

    Seems to me baseball was an ends to a means for him and he treated it the way he saw it, a job he was good at.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DaNotoriousNIC View Post
    intresting interview, didn't know he played for the Tigers though, so anyone find out how much it costs to get an auto through that guy yet? my scn membership expired 2 minutes ago lol


    it's pricy. I asked Mr. Corcoran about a signed Expos card and he came back to me with $250.

    Great interview by the way!

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    yeah I asked the guy if he was serious, he said yes and went on to tell me how little he signs and blah blah blah and I laughed and hung up on him
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    He has always refused to sign, even when he was playing. However, I have heard from some who got IP sigs from him when he was playing. Back then he would turn down your request, unless you said you needed it to complete a team collection or set collection. He seemed to appreciate that kind of dedication.

    He was a brilliant pitcher and a lot of fun to watch. He was always prepared. To give you an idea how prepared he was, in the strike shortened 1981 season, Marshall was the ONLY player in MLB to receive his full salary. It was written in his contract that he would be paid in full for the entire 1981 Championship Season in advance. No one else thought of that.

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